TIMMINS, ON: First-year confirmations of acceptance to trades and technology programs at Northern College are on the rise.
Compared to this time last year, programs such as Electrical Engineering Technician have seen an increase of nearly 15 per cent. Many of the college’s offerings in the School of Engineering Technology and Trades and the School of Welding Engineering are experiencing similar increases, demonstrating growth in the demand for skilled labour training.
“Based upon a year-to-year comparison, we are virtually in line with last year’s numbers,” says Fred Gibbons, President of Northern College. “The increase in first-year confirmations to technology and trades-based programs is good news given the current and forecasted skilled labour deficit. Northeastern Ontario is enjoying the benefits of the mining boom and skilled tradespeople are in high demand. Northern College has been steadfast in promoting the skilled trades to prospective students and is committed to meet the needs of local employers. This emphasis on training will help our region move forward in addressing the growing skills shortage.”
According to statistics produced by Skills Canada, 40% of new jobs created over the next decade will come from the skilled trades. The Construction Sector Council (CSC) predicts that there will be a need for 120,000 skilled tradespeople over the next nine years.
First-year confirmations at the Kirkland Lake Campus are up nearly 11.5% due in large part to the introduction of new programs and on-site access to other Northern College programs, such as the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) program. The Kirkland Lake Campus has seen a steady increase in enrollment over the past years and the college has taken steps to accommodate this growth. In September of 2011, Northern College partnered with Sandstone Management Inc., to provide accommodations to students of the Kirkland Lake Campus.
Confirmations of acceptance to programs at the Haileybury Campus are comparable to 2011. The School of Veterinary Sciences, particularly the Animal Grooming program, has seen a significant increase.
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